Birmingham is well known for its modernist city centre and its thorough reconstruction in the 1990s and later, but perhaps it is less celebrated for the remarkable concrete and modern glass churches in its suburbs.
The C20 NW Group will explore these on Saturday 20 June 2015, as well as visiting some lesser known Arts and Crafts sites. There will also be a chance to see the Modernist Face exhibition at the Barber Institute for Fine Arts.
The itinerary includes two important 1960s churches by Richard Gilbert Scott: St Thomas More, Sheldon, and Our Lady Help of Christians, Kitts Green. Gavin Stamp, in the C20 Society’s 100 Buildings 100 Years, described the latter as ‘one of the most successful of modern Roman Catholic churches in England’.
Less well known is St Peter’s, Hall Green (Norman T. Rider, 1964): like a modern French concrete church flown into Birmingham, complete with splendid French dalle de verre glass.
There will also be a stop at Queen’s College, Edgbaston (Holland Hobbiss, 1929-30) and the Barber Institute. The former is an interwar college – Arts and Crafts neo-Georgian, with a pretty ‘early Christian’ style chapel and with humane 1960s additions by John Madin; the latter is a subtle Art Deco art gallery and theatre with a splendid auditorium, which was the architect Robert Atkinson’s masterwork.
Lunch will be at a Grade II-listed roadhouse of 1929, the Black Horse in Northfield, which was built to resemble a Tudor mansion – think Little Moreton Hall. Other local food outlets will also be available.
More details and booking at http://www.c20society.org.uk/regions/event-visit-to-birmingham-suburbs/
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